Review Category : Microsoft

Along with the preview of the upcoming version of Office 2013, Microsoft yesterday announced a new Cloud App model for Office and SharePoint called ‘Napa’. The apps created using this model can be used and designed in multiple shapes: inserted inline directly into a spreadsheet, or just as a task pane; or automatically activated within an e-mail. In SharePoint, apps can be a full page, part of a web page, or just a menu extension. Here are the characteristics of the new app model, Web Standards: The new cloud app model allows developers to build apps for Office and SharePoint using web standards that are interoperable by design. Security: Solutions built on the new app model are isolated and secure by design, bringing the power of web technologies in Office and SharePoint in a secure execution sandbox. Performance: This new class of apps will make it easy for developers to extend ...

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As announced yesterday, OneNote will be the first Metro Style app from Microsoft Office family. Its called as OneNote MX for now and its available to download from Windows Store in Windows 8 Release Preview. App Description: Take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them. Fast and immersive, this OneNote Preview is reimagined for Windows 8. Whether you draw, type, click, or swipe, this app will shine on your Windows 8 device. On the go? Use a browser or one of the many OneNote mobile apps to get to your notes when you need them. Features: Make lists — Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes. Draw and write — Use your device’s pen to draw in your notes as you would on paper. Take pictures — Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes. Customize formatting — Organize ...

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Today, Microsoft announced the next release of Office suite essentially making it as a service than a traditional suite of apps as we know it so far. Your documents and settings roam with you with Office in the cloud using Microsoft account. Keep your social networks and contacts well connected in Office using integration with other social networks. Try it out here, http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en ...

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At a press event held at SF today, Microsoft announced the Office 365 Home Premium Preview. With Office 365 Home Premium Preview you can install Office on up to 5 PCs and you get 7GB of online storage on SkyDrive so that you can save and share your documents online. Home Premium includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher. A personalized Office experience on up to 5 PCs or tablets. Powerful new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. Streaming full versions of Office applications with Office on Demand (PC running Windows 7 or 8 and Internet connection required). If you’re also trying Windows 8 Release Preview, be sure to check out the OneNote Preview in the Windows Store. Keep your notes, pictures, voice memos, and web pages in one easy to access place so you have them when you need them. Coming soon, with ...

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  Microsoft has scheduled a press event later today in SF to reveal information about its next version of productivity software, Office. Microsoft will also release a consumer preview version of Office which users can download and try on their machines. Microsoft Office 2013 is expected to have more refined ribbon menu which is optimized for touch and many new features in each of the separate products such as Word, Excel, etc,. Office 2013 will also feature a web based app platform which will allow 3rd party apps to run inside Office to enhance the productivity experience. You can read more about it here. And Office branding will also be simplified as seen above. Are you excited to see what’s coming from the Office division?     ...

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Microsoft and NBC today announced that they are ending a 15 year old partnership to run MSNBC digital network. The MSNBC.com will be now known as NBCNews.com and will be operated by NBC as a whole. Its been reported that NBC paid over $300 million for Microsoft on this deal. Also end of this deal will allow Microsoft to curate contents from other news sources for its MSN portal. From MSN Blog, Microsoft and NBC Discontinue Joint News Venture Msnbc MSN and Bing to Deliver Innovative Real-Time News Today we are announcing the divestiture of Microsoft’s 50 percent share in Msnbc.com to our partner in that joint venture NBC. Since we formed Msnbc.com it has become a leader in the online news industry – and we couldn’t be more proud of the terrific team that delivers news every day to the millions of readers on MSN. As part of this ...

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Microsoft is expected to reveal Office 2013 information on Monday, but that doesn’t stop the leak of information about Office 2013 on Internet. Liveside today revealed the new Web Extensions Platform that is coming as part of the Office 2013 suite. Office 2013 allows you to install apps/extensions for your Office products like Word, Excel, etc, from a online store. For example, you can install a Bing News app for Word and use it to insert snippet of news within your document as you can see in the above image. You can read more about it in detail at Liveside. ...

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Microsoft has today announced its new program from Bing division called Bing Fund.  Bing Fund describes itself as an Angel Investor with an incubator. That pretty much explains everything. Bing Fund is looking for startups that are building online or mobile experiences that incorporate fresh insights. Microsoft will offer the startup with the following, • Subsidized use of unique APIs from Bing’s data ecosystem • The opportunity to access certain technology assets developed by Microsoft Research • Assistance from Bing Fund team members who specialize in design, engineering, marketing, and building businesses • Consultations with Subject Matter Experts at Microsoft, some of whom are world experts in their areas • Exposure to Microsoft executives • Connections with our partners and customers • Funding • Co-workspace for startups located in the Seattle area. You can read more about it here.  ...

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Microsoft today announced few updates on its cloud storage service SkyDrive. First, the service has got its new logo which you can see above. Its now clean and simple than ever before. Also after this update, when you click SkyDrive in the system tray, a small status window appears. It lets you know if SkyDrive is up to date, and gives you the time at which SkyDrive was last updated. Along with this, performance, reliability, and compatibility of SkyDrive has also been improved. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today in Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the new File History feature coming in Windows 8. File History is a new backup application that is replacing the old backup and restore feature in Windows 7. This new system continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file. Its a great addition to Windows 8′s list of new features. I’m sure common people will love this solution whereas power users may find it annoying because File History solution does not offer the ability to do a ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring Perspective Pixel, a company that builds large touch based displays for enterprise. Founder of Perspective Pixel Jeff is also joining Microsoft as an employee along with his company acquisition. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK — July 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.” Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 will be RTM in first week of August and the general availability of Windows 8 for consumers in October. Tami Reller, SVP of Windows & Windows Live Division today announced at WPC that Windows 8 is on track and will hit the milestones at correct time period. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide. Also with RTM in August, Microsoft is opening up its commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps. Read more at Windows Team Blog. ...

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Microsoft has purchased a number of Xbox related domain names recently, including XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com and XboxCompanion.com.  Two however rang a particular bell. Microsoft also purchased Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org, which of course connects very well with the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 brand names which will be marketed heavily in 2013. This of course makes the name very likely, which means we can safely move on to speculating about the XboxPhone Via Xbox360Achievements.com ...

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Press Release: Microsoft Announces Non-Cash Accounting Charge Company will take a write down in its Online Services Division goodwill. REDMOND, Wash., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will take a non-cash, non-tax-deductible income statement charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 for the impairment of goodwill in its Online Services Division segment, mostly related to its 2007 aQuantive, Inc., acquisition. Under accounting guidelines, companies are required to conduct an annual goodwill impairment test for each business unit. Goodwill arises in an acquisition when the fair value paid for a business exceeds the value of the identifiable net assets. The goodwill in the Online Services Division was substantially the result of the 2007 acquisition of aQuantive. As a result of its 2012 impairment review, Microsoft has determined that a write down of its Online Services Division goodwill of approximately $6.2 billion is ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  And you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. This is a great deal! You can purchase the upgrade from Windows.com and use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make sure whether your PC is ready for Windows 8. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at all local stores during this promotion which ends on January 31st, 2013. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Today I came across an interesting image which lists the whole Microsoft Product Portfolio. As you can see in the image above, you should realize the true length & breadth of Microsoft’s product offerings. Recently I found some people criticizing Microsoft on its new preview homepage design for Microsoft.com. I think its not possible to create a single website with single design to suit all of the Microsoft’s customers at once. via: Hosam Kamel from Microsoft ...

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